Festivals of Nepal

Tucked between the superpowers China and India, Nepal is a Himalayan nation and is home to diverse culture. People celebrate different festivals in Nepal which is unique to just this country only. With its rich bio-diversity, varying landscapes and even more diverse culture of the people residing here makes this country a diverse country. Every community hold their own unique culture and tradition. These have been handed down over generations and the respective community have been following them for centuries. The communities are guided by their own set of beliefs and their festivals to celebrate. The festivals of Nepal have their own unique identity.

Festivals of Nepal
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Everest in 2017: Records are set to break

After around three years of turmoil in Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, the future seems quite promising and business seemed more than usual in 2016. There are lots of climbers who are ready to climb Everest in 2017. The permit extension from the seasons of 2014, which was due to an avalanche and in 2015, which was due to earthquake will allow climbers to make an attempt to peak this year on credit.

Everest in 2017
Everest from Kalapathar

The government officials are also very positive about the number of mountaineers from around the world who want to set a foot on top of the world’s highest spot. The Everest has two sides of climbing to the peak. The south side is from Nepal and north side is from Tibet. Each side has their own rules and regulations as to climbing and getting a permit. But it is mostly the south side which sees a large number of mountaineers going for the peak of Everest.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Route Map, Cost and Tips

Trekking route in the Everest region in the Himalayas is the highest trek routes in the world. This also presents a different situation which one has to be well prepared. Any trekker has to prepare oneself for high-altitude walking since this is a high-altitude trek route with low Oxygen level. The many obstacles faced during the hike to the Base Camp is what makes the trek more adventurous. Here we present Route Map, Cost and Tips for going on a trek to the Everest region.

Everest - route, cost and tips
Mighty Everest

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10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal

The UN governing body UNESCO identified World Heritage Sites as places that belong to all the people in the world. Nepal also has few monuments inscribed on the World Heritage lists. These heritage sites are amazing man-made wonders. Some of these are over 2500 years old. Since many of these sites inside Kathmandu valley are in close proximity therefore this helps you to view them during a single day. Only three of the sites from Nepal listed in the World Heritage Sites are located outside the capital city.

The 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal are:

1. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple

The Pashupatinath Temple is considered one of the holiest place for the Hindus. It is located 6 km east from Kathmandu. The structure is a two-storey building and is built in pagoda style. The site is a collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions. The structures in this perimeter were raised over the centuries and lies right besides the banks of the holy Bagmati river. The temple has been on the World Heritage list since 1979.
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Ropain – Rice Planting Festival in Nepal

This year on June 29, marks the annual Ropain Festival in Nepal. This festival falls on 15th of Ashad, in Nepali calendar. This festival is celebrated to mark the start of rice planting and also seen as a good fortune for a good harvesting season.

Ropain festival
Ropain festival (image via welcomenepal.com)

This festival is one of the most important festival in the monsoon season which marks the planting of the first rice sapling. This festival is important to Farmers whose livelihood depends upon the harvest of the rice planted during early monsoon. Farmers along with their neighbors and other locals together celebrate this festival. This day is also seen as a main tourist attraction for tourists and other people new to this culture. One can also celebrate this festival along with the local people.

Activities in the Rice Planting Festival:

  • You can play with the mud with your friends, sing and dance to the local cultural tunes
  • Take part in the competitions help by the organizers
  • Help farmers organize sowing of saplings
  • The people will also teach you how to sow the rice saplings
  • Feast on Dahi-Chiura (Yougart and beaten rice) and local alcohol.

The day is also seen as Dahi-Chiura (Yougart and beaten rice) eating day. After the Ropain festival, people usually feast on Dahi and Chiura along with locally brewed alcohol. You can take a Day tour of Kathmandu city to view this rice planting festival.

Discover Nepal 2017

Discover what this beautiful country Nepal has to offer in this short video. This year come to Nepal and Discover Nepal. From tours, trekking, culture, history, arts and architecture you name it, Nepal is it all.

Nepal has been named as a must go destination for 2017 by different travel portals like Lonely Planet, Rough guides, National Geographic, CNN Travel, Travel Channel, gadventures to name a few.

Make sure you have Nepal on your travel buck list for 2017.

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Top five Best Tours in Nepal

Top tours in Nepal

Beyond the towering high Himalayas, monasteries, high passes, a tour in Nepal will take you to places not shown in guide books. One can also take part in tours in Nepal.

You can travel with your group of family members or friends and enjoy food from street food to world class international cuisine. Enjoy the taste from delicious Momo (dumplings) to five star menu. You can also enjoy the locally brewed coffee in city cafe. But if you are more of an adventurous person try having coffee in one of the highest coffee shops located at Namche bazaar.

Trying to get a glimpse of the highest peak in the world in the Himalayas, visiting the world heritage sites in the hilly and the plain region, or going on a jungle safari in the Terai region; you name it, Nepal offers you many different types of adventure and tour related activities.

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Tourism trend in Nepal for the past three years

Nepal has been a hot spot for tourists from around the world for decades. There are wide range of activities for every tourists arriving in Nepal; be it group travelers, travelers with family and kids or solo traveler. Nepal never stops to fascinate any single soul. The tourism trend in Nepal has seen a steady growth in the past new years.

The number of traveler arriving in Nepal has seen a steady increase for many years. This is all thanks to different promotional activities by the Tourism Board of Nepal as well as individual tourism entrepreneurs. There had been a slight decrease of tourists in Nepal in the year 2015 due to the earthquake. But the tourism industry has bounced back and the number of tourists have already gone up in the year 2016. We expect more number of travelers coming to Nepal this year.

Tourism trend for the past three years:

2014 2015 2016
Number of tourists 790,118 538,970 753,002
Tourist Stays (in days) 12.4 13.1 13.4
Tourist Spending (per day) US $46.4 US $70.2 US $53.5
Tourist arrival (via road) 204,137 131,558 180,439
Data source: Nepal Tourism Board

Off season trekking in Nepal

Swoyambhunath Stupa
Swoyambhunath Stupa

Nepal boasts the highest mountain in the world. The climate here is also varied. The lowland Terai belt is tropical, the hills in the midlands is temperate and the highland mountains have sub-arctic and arctic conditions. One has a various trekking destinations to chose from depending upon your past walking experience as well as your fitness level. You can also go for trek in Nepal at all season, be it during peak season as well as during off season time so as to avoid the usual bustling of tourists. Off season trekking might be one of the best time to walk the route to the Himalayas.

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